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City Council will consider moving DSS into "city hall"

A lawsuit among member-cities of the PMPA could be ready for settlement


Having its 3rd meeting in 8 days, Clinton City Council will consider on Monday settling its portion of a lawsuit among member-cities of PMPA and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Laurens County to move the Department of Social Services into the Bailey Municipal Center.

Clinton has space in what is, in effect, City Hall now that School District 56 has moved its offices to a building near Eastside Elementary School on the Springdale Drive By-pass. Some non-profits have moved in there and the Police are using offices while the Police-Fire Station (old city hall) is being renovated. Laurens County acquired a $1.5 Million grant throught the County Legislative Delegation to move the DSS offices out of the Professional Park, located between Clinton and Laurens behind the Laurens County Hospital.

At the time the School District moved out, City Manager Tom Brooks said he would offer the space to state agencies or local government offices that were interested in locating in Clinton.

This is the regular meeting of Council (called meetings were held Sept. 27 & 28), at 6 pm in the PS Bailey Council Chamber of the MS Bailey Municipal Building, 211 N. Broad St. The meeting is open to the public.

Citizens who register before the meeting starts will have a chance to address Council on any agenda item. Council will hear a presentation about Storm Drain Mural Art Contest winners.

Council will discuss the city demolition program and affordable housing, will recognize TJ Burke for 5 years service to the city, will hear recommentations from the ATEX (accommodations tax) committee, will consider the 2024 City of Clinton holiday schedule, will approve the delivery of breakers for the Gary Street electrical substation, will give first reading to an ordinance suspending the former "blue laws" in the city (allowing businesses to open on Sunday without restrictions), and will have a closed session to discuss personnel and legal matters).

Following the closed session, Council will consider the PMPA lawsuit settlement and the MOU with the county about the DSS offices. Reports and recommendations will round out the agenda.

Clinton City Council live-streams its meetings on the city's Facebook page.